Living in London means that you’re always up for some great entertainment and this city has more to offer than most. There are many ways to come out of your London flat and immerse oneself in local culture, discovering new foods, ideas, pastimes, or other interesting facts within the realm of the reasonable. London museums are one of the top bargains in the world. The best are free: the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery which is around the corner from the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, where you can become intimately acquainted with the courtiers of Henry VIII among other notables. There also a large number of beautiful parks nearby London apartments, the well known St James’ Park which is home to some of the Queen’s own pelicans.
During the day, the city offers a wide array of theatres, cinemas, and museums. If you are a movie-buff the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is the place for you. You can get year’s subscription for membership costing £13 and you can watch films for about £1.50 each. If you have a spontaneous urge to see a show, your best bet is to head to Leicester Square on the morning of the day you would like to go and play the ticket-sellers against each other. You will see many small low-cost theatre ticket sellers dotted around this famous square, and will often be able to get good seats for most of the shows at a fraction of the price. If music tickles your fancy then you should check out Time Out magazine or TNT for free music nights. There are many great blues, jazz, and Latin nights that are free on the door.
Don’t blow your money on the latest trends. London is a fashionable city, and you’ll probably have the urge to splurge on some pricey clothes. While H&M and Top Shop are fairly economical, the pounds on price tags can be deceiving. As an alternative visit charity shops or thrift stores they are fun to explore and can be found on the busiest shopping streets in London.
Take some time to reflect and just be here. You don’t always have to do things. Rather than shopping or sightseeing, sit in Hyde Park and take in the scenery and local atmosphere with a camera and your favourite book by your side. You really can enjoy the city on a shoestring right outside your rental. Spending time in the diversity of London will leave you with no wonder why more Americans moving to the wonderful city, is a number on the rise.